The Costs (& Benefits) Of Traveling 1500 Miles To Say Goodbye

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the road to the poorhouse may be paved with good deeds.

Do We Ever Regret (What We Spend On) Travel: A Friday Chat!

I am telling myself: This is what the money is for. We will get to see family. We will get to say a proper farewell to my uncle, who died very suddenly. We will set a good example for Babygirl, maybe, that this is the kind of thing we splurge on.

When You Vacation With Family, Who Pays?

The “who pays when adult children travel with parents” question is probably the sort of thing that will shift back and forth over the course of both the children and parents’ lives, depending on the family.

How Much Do You Pay At A Pay-As-You-Will Manhattan Museum?

Technically they can afford to pay full price for themselves, the child, and the other adult. $84 won’t make or break them.

Giving To Family Beyond Your Parents

I had never felt as much like I really had money as I did when I began sharing it with my family.

The Cost of My Relationships

It is Relationships Month here at The Billfold, and—with just one week left—I decided I would share a bit about the costs of my own relationships.

Christmas Tree Grave-Robbing in a Mercedes

I’ve always wondered how much those things set you back. $50 a tree? $100? What is Christmas magic worth?


I have hosted Thanksgiving at my apartment for the past three years, mostly because I intensely dislike the idea of sitting on a crowded Metro-North train for two hours the Wednesday before, hiding behind magazines in order to avoid the people on the train I haven’t seen since high school. We are not a Christmas family. Thanksgiving, with its food and its revelry and the easy familiarity of drinking a nice glass of red wine around 3 p.m. with people I haven’t seen in a year is our tradition.

How Money Moves Between Generations (Not The Way You Expect)

At 80, since she has run through her own cash, the mom thinks it’s fair to spend her daughter’s. Meanwhile the daughter keeps cycling through the five stages of grief: denial, resentment, anger, guilt, giving in.

The Cost of Legally Changing Your Name

All told, changing my name cost be about three days work and over $300. I am lucky to have the privilege and ability to make this happen to suit myself in my personal and professional life.

I’ll send you a Christmas card.